All of this may be true, but let's not fool ourselves into thinking that newer and better technology is going to make our students smarter or better able to learn. The single most effective tool that schools have to raise student achievement is the ability of teacher. Good instruction trumps good technology every time. The more we learn about educational technology; the more we come to understand that the technology is just a tool for learning--no different from the tools we've had in the past.
I think that this is a message that I should remind myself of from time to time. It can be easy to get caught up in the quest for "stuff" and forget our core mission--to educate. Technology should be used as we use a car--to get us from Point A to Point B. We can have a fancy car or an old clunker; if it gets us to our goal, then it is serving our purpose.